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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Archer won’t return to WBC

Marcus Stroman will potentially start the final game.

World Baseball Classic - Pool C - Game 2 - Columbia v United States Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Team USA told Chris Archer not to come to LA to potentially pitch in the World Baseball Classic finals. Marc Topkin reports that this is based on the conflict between the Rays pitching schedule for Archer, and the WBC schedule. Archer was only set to be available on Wednesday, but the Rays need to win a semifinal game against Japan on Tuesday to qualify.

Archer is reportedly disappointed, as are Rays fans who also care about the WBC, but this decision makes a certain amount of sense. The real moral here is one everyone already knows: don’t hold a major international tournament during Spring Training.

Marcus Stroman is scheduled to pitch for the USA on Wednesday.